#00949
The Jolly Butcher (Great Big Sea)

Oh, won't you come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

Well, this is of a jolly butcher
as you might plainly see,
As he rovéd out one morning
in search of company;
He went into a tavern
and a fair girl he did see,
Ah, come for one night, be my wife,
oh, come along with me

He called for liquor of the best,
And he made such fortune play;
Come have a drink, it will make us think,
That it is our wedding day.

Won't you come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

Well he called for a candle
to light their way to bed,
And when he had her in the room
these words to her he said,
"A sovereign I will give to you,
for to embrace your charms."
And all that night, that fair young maid,
lied in the butcher's arms.

Ah, come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

Ah, early the next morning
be sure it went his way,
He looked unto that fair young maid
and unto her did say,
"That sovereign that I gave to you,
do not think me strange,
Well that sovereign that I gave to you
will you give me back me change!"

Ah, come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

And won't you come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

Well, about a twelfth-month later
he rovéd out once more,
And he went into the tavern
where he'd often been before;
He wasn't in there very long when
his fair maid he did see,
And she brought forth a baby three months old
and placed it on his knee.

Ah, when he saw the baby,
he began to curse and swear,
And he said unto that fair young maid,
"Why did you bring him here?"
"Well he is your own, kind sir", she said,
"Do not think me strange?
Well that sovereign that you gave to me,
well I gives you back your change!"

Ah, come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

Won't you come along with me, love,
Come along with me!
Come for one night and be my wife,
And come along with me.

####.... Author unknown ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea (Up, trk#14, 1995, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario, distributed by Warner Music Canada, produced and engineered by Danny Greenspoon, recorded at the Battery and at The Nickel in St John's, NL).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also recorded by Jean Hewson (Early Spring, trk#7, 1992, Pigeon Inlet Productions, St John's, NL, produced by Don Walsh, recorded and mixed at Dadyeen Studios, St John's, NL).


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